To some extent, responsible behaviours and measures seem to be widespread: three out of four Italians declar to prefer saving light bulbs and more than one in two affirm to have already reduced the temperature of their houses and to have made adjustments on doors or windows in order to improve insulation.
The survey shows the high percentage of those oriented on low electrical consumption appliances: these equipments prove to be attractive also to those who do not possess them yet. Practically, only 4% seem totally reluctant to adopt these appliances.
Although among families the presence of solar panels is much more modest than the presence of household appliances, panels show the highest potential attractiveness: two out of three Italians, in fact, would be ready to install them. It must be noted, however, that these tendencies are associated with the expectations of more structural interventions on energy conservation and sustainability on the side of EU institutions.
Article published on Nova24 – Il Sole 24 Ore, April 16 2009. Pdf version with full results available here.
The data presented here are published in Arzenton V. and Bucchi M. (ed.) Science and Society Yearbook 2009, The Italians, Science and the Environment. Second report on Science, Technology and Public Opinion, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2009.